Participatory Action Research & Inclusive Information and Knowledge Management for Empowerment

A ‘Note’ from ICTD ‘13 Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Information and Communications Technologies and Development: Notes – Volume 2 Pages 163-166
ACM New York, NY, USA ©2013 “Participatory Action Research & Inclusive Information and  Knowledge Management for Empowerment”

This Note discusses current and prospective research into understandings of Participatory Action Research (PAR) and its relationship to the development of inclusive and pluralistic forms of Information and Knowledge Management (IKM) in ICT4D/ICTD contexts through the Oxfam Australia-Monash University Partnership. It is intended that an innovative demonstration project to trial new ways of implementing  PAR & pluralistic  IKM will be  then be  undertaken with international development NGOs with an aim to more widespread adoption of these techniques.

Ictd-Cape Town 2013

Using Interviews Effectively in Community Informatics

This is a  paper from some years ago about techniques for good interviews. It’s basic, but I think there are some basic rules that need to be followed in the collection of interview data. Technology has moved on a bit. You can now use Livescribe for recording and notetaking, but Express Scribe is still a great tool.   But there is nothing like being a very careful observer to all that goes on, both verbally and non-verbally.

Stillman, L. (2007). Using interviews effectively in community informatics. Researching with Communities: Grounded perspectives on engaging communities in research A. Williamson and R. deSouza. Auckland, Muddy Creek: 371-383.PDF

Power, Communities, and Community Informatics: a meta-study

Arnold, M., & Stillman, L. (2013). Power, Communities, and Community Informatics: a meta-study. The Journal of Community Informatics, 12(1), (e-journal).

Be alert, but not alarmed. My name is missing from the body of the article, but not the abstract. It is an error that is being fixed. Just scroll down in the interim. joci 2013-Arnold-Stillman

Book review: Migration, diaspora, and information technology in global societies

Stillman, L. (2012). Review of Fortunati, L, Pertierra, R, & Vincent, J (2012). Migration, diaspora, and information technology in global societies. information, Communication & Society. (DOI:10.1080/1369118X.2013.763835)


Books--a Palestinian tale

The plunder of books and how libraries might respond.

This is a story of a now old book and its connections to war, displacement, cultural destruction; the possibilities of an apology and reconciliation; and the remarkable things that connectivity can achieve.  This is about my efforts to track the  original owner of a book that came into the possession of the occupying forces during the Naqba. In the late 1970’s it came into my possession.By engaging in such micro-history we can challenge the prevailing nature of the discourse and myths that exist in Israel and the diaspora and who were the Palestinians in 1948.  It is a particularly personal story, because the owner of the book and the buildings that belonged to his extended family are in a part of Jerusalem I know very well.

Originally published in Arena Magazine (Australia), 120 (Oct-Nov2012).

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